CRL Global Resources Collections Forum 2018

Event Logistics

Thursday, May 17, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00-5:00 p.m., May 17, and 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 18. Central Time zone
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Contemporary source materials like news, government records and information, and economic and geospatial data are vital to original scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences. Historically, research libraries have ensured that the global information “supply chain” served researchers well. But since the advent of digital media and the web, money, politics and technology have altered the supply chain in ways that complicate the role libraries play in provisioning materials for academic research. 

The 2018 Global Resources Collections Forum, in Chicago on May 17-18, will explore how CRL and its community can more effectively support research and scholarly practice in this new environment. Held in conjunction with CRL's 2018 Council of Voting Members meeting,  the Forum is an opportunity for representatives of CRL libraries to help shape CRL's programs and strategic agenda. 

Meeting Location

Downtown Chicago: University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive


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Program Agenda (Preliminary)

Session I: Transformation of the Supply Chain  Thursday, May 17,1:00-5:00 p.m.

How documentation and data critical for research are produced, managed and distributed today, and how new actors in the information world challenge the traditional library roles and longstanding methodologies. 

Archives, Access, and the Politics of Information in Africa     Derek R. Peterson, Professor of History & African Studies, University of Michigan. 

  • Drawing upon his preservation work in Uganda, recent MacArthur Foundation Fellowship awardee Derek Peterson discusses how changing political agendas impact access to government records in Africa. He will explore why today archives—and other sites of memory—have been left to decay, and why open access remains a politically sensitive question in Uganda and other places where a traumatic and divisive past threatens the contemporary order.

The LexisNexis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Critical Data Providers      Sarah Lamdan, Associate Professor & Faculty Services Librarian, CUNY School of Law

  • One of the first major publishers of news and legal information to embrace digital media, LexisNexis’s horizontal expansion into analytics, risk management, surveillance, and cloud services exemplifies the ways data corporations are evolving and how that may be problematic for academic research.

Data, Platforms and the Global Data Supply Chain    Richard Landry, Director, Data Innovation, at SAGE and former CEO of Conquest Systems, Inc. 

  • SAGE's recent acquisition of Data-Planet, a vast repository of global statistical data, will bring the gathering and curation of primary data together under one roof with scholarly publishing.  Richard Landry, architect and founder of Data-Planet, will discuss how the acquisition might leverage the capabilities of SAGE's  scholarly communications platforms, and the implications for academic access to data and research.  

Some Reflections on the Changing Supply Chain    David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara, and member, CRL Board of Directors 

Reception 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Attendees are invited to a reception in the Gleacher Center, immediately following Session I.

Session II: Researchers and Their Practices  Friday, May 18, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

The technical, economic and political developments affecting researchers' ability to access and mine digital documentation and data. 

Big Data, the Cloud and Academic Research    Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

  • Lynch's excellent recent article “Stewardship in the ‘Age of Algorithms”, shows how the migration of knowledge to the cloud creates a "black box" problem, and the dangers that poses to the integrity of source materials for scholarly research.

Social Science Research and the Challenges of Big Geospatial Data   Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Head, Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections, Stanford University Libraries.  

  • How satellite imagery and large geospatial datasets are being used as source materials for scholars in a variety of disciplines, and the new types of library support they require. 

"Smart” Farming, the Privatization of Information and the Implications of Data-driven Agriculture   Irena Knezevic, Assistant Professor in Communication, Culture and Health, Carleton University 

  • Data-driven, “smart” farming promises to revolutionize agriculture, but its benefits have been uneven. Promoting technological innovation, Big Agra behemoths like Monsanto and Syngenta are amassing troves of proprietary data critical to the food supply, raising a multitude of new questions about privacy, ownership of data, and cultural congruency. Dr. Knezevic will discuss these trends and concerns, and their implications for agricultural and social science research.

Session III: Emerging Library Responses  Friday, May 18,1:00-2:15 p.m.

How research libraries are responding to the new supply chain and research practices. 

Harvesting Web Content and Data from Emerging Regions: a Status Report   Jeffrey Garrett, Independent Consultant
  • Based on a recent Mellon Foundation-funded examination of major area studies web archiving efforts, commissioned by CRL, Garrett will report on the benefits, impact, limitations and potential of the programs, and suggest how the ongoing capture and archiving of born-digital source materials for area and international studies might be sustained.
The New World of Independent Repositories  [Presenter TBD] 
The "Post-custodial" Model for Preserving At-risk Archives in Latin America    Melissa Guy, Nettie Lee Benson Librarian and Director, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
  • How the Benson Center’s experience with the National Police Archives in Guatemala addressed the ethical and political challenges of preventing loss of critical documentation due to suppression and economic unsustainability.

Conclusions: Adapting to & Exploiting the New Supply Chain Friday, May 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Moderated discussion on the issues and opportunities for research libraries surfaced in the Forum presentations, and on how CRL programs might be strengthened and/or modified to address those issues and opportunities.  



The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

CRL Resources Integral to Cornell’s Latin American Journals Project

Cornell University utilized CRL resources to support its Latin American Journals project, a digital portal to political, cultural and popular serials from the region. 

South Asia Specialist’s Research Enriched by CRL Collections

Wendy Singer, Kenyon College professor, explains how CRL collections supported her original research on South Asian women.